Hotels rely on a wide number of different kinds of workers in their efforts to cater to visitors. Maids and housekeepers are responsible for keeping the rooms and public areas of the hotel clean and orderly. Made commonly perform such duties as vacuuming, changing bed linens, cleaning bathrooms and maintaining hallways. Their salaries are generally on the low end but can vary significantly based on different factors.
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The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates there were about 887,890 maids and housekeepers in the United States in 2009. These workers earned an average wage of $10.02 per hour, or about $20,840 per year. The lowest 10th percentile of these workers made an average of $7.41 per hour, or about $15,400 per year, while the top 10th percentile made nearly twice this at $14.04 per hour, or $29,210 per year.
Highest Paying Industries
Housekeeper salaries differed depending on the industry in which they were employed. Hotel housekeepers, those working in the traveler accommodation sector of the industry, earned a relatively low average salary of $9.74 per hour, or $20,250 per year. Contrast this figure with the income of housekeepers who worked in the "other financial investment activities" sector, who earned an average of $16.97 per hour, or $35,300 per year.
Highest Paying States
The Bureau of Labor Statistics also reports that housekeeper salaries differed significantly based on the states in which the housekeeper worked. Housekeepers working in the District of Columbia had the highest average salary in 2009, earning an average wage of $14.79 per hour, or $30,770 per year. Housekeepers in tourist-friendly Hawaii earned an average of $14.17 per hour, or $29,480 per year.
Highest Paying Metro Areas
Housekeeper salaries also differed based on the metropolitan area in which the housekeeper worked. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the metropolitan area with the highest average salary for housekeepers in 2009 was White Plains, New York, with an average hourly salary is $15.48, or $32,190 per year. Honolulu, Hawaii, had the second-highest average housekeeper salary in 2009, with these workers earning an average of $15.48 per hour, or $28,860 per year.